But we've also run through the pile of lightweight comedies of late, and I dusted off a DVD I'd purchased probably ten years ago and put it in, and when the DVD menu came up, I learned: Jamie had never seen The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. Or, as most folks call it, Buckaroo Banzai.
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I first saw the movie during its theatrical run. The Admiral, being no dummy, drove us all the way across town to the one cinema showing the film. As I recall, Steanso and I loved the thing, totally and with no hint of irony. I had no idea it was a throwback to the Doc Savage concept of the super-human leader with his trusty band of do-gooders. I just knew it had everything I wanted in a movie at the time. A brilliant neurosurgeon/ particle physicist/ martial artist/ rock star hero (and what right thinking kid didn't want to be that in the mid-80's?). Aliens. Other Dimensions. Space Ships. Ellen Barkin.